Xmas gift helps local school become more eco-friendly
Energy Management have helped to get the pupils of the Fitzmaurice Primary School in Bradford-on-Avon in festive mood – if they needed any encouragement – through its annual Christmas card competition.
Pupils at the neighbouring school were asked to design a Christmas card with the winners receiving a stocking’s worth of goodies. Energy Management’s Christmas e-card, delivered to clients up and down the country, will also be based on the winning design, even if it does feature a sprout!
First prize went to Seryn for her colourful depiction of the seasonal vegetable that continues to divide opinion, while Evelyn came second with her reindeer-based theme and Theo T third.
Energy Management founder Gary Weston, whose own children are former pupils of the school, donated a cheque of £1,000 which will help fund school trips to a recycling plant, as part of the school’s eco-curriculum.
“I hadn’t expected a donation, however it is very much welcomed,” said Fitzmaurice Primary School Head Teacher Tracey Dunn.
“As a school we are very much eco-focused this year and would like to use the money to help us develop our eco-curriculum.
“We have just changed our waste contract and the new provider offers schools to visit their recycling plant; the money will support and subsidise a trip there, plus provide some release time for the eco leader to work with the children.
“We are also looking to reduce our single use plastic, to hopefully stop altogether over time, and we will need to purchase reusable plastic/bamboo in order to switch over – for example cups at coffee mornings.”
As a team, Energy Management took part in a Halloween pumpkin competition, organised by REED, one of the UK's leading employment agencies. The challenge was to create the most original pumpkin to win. Harry, our apprentice, carried out the carving, while account manager Lewis used his artistic flair to draw the original design and shape onto the pumpkin. We are really pleased to say we managed to win one of the prizes and a box of biscuits for the office, thank you, REED!
Bradford-on-Avon Business Awards
As a rapidly expanding company employing local people, Energy Management is proud to be a part of Bradford-on-Avon’s 450-strong business community and a member of BoA Business.
BoA Business is an organisation that enables companies within the Wiltshire town and its local area to interact with one another in an informal manner and share ideas about how to help improve the local economy.
In October, an awards dinner and ceremony is held to celebrate the year's success stories and we're delighted to have been nominated in five different categories.
They are as follows:
- Putting BoA on the map
- Best team
- Best social media/digital campaign
- Best consultancy
- Technology & innovation
Quiz night raises over £1,000 for local charity
A charity quiz night at The Boathouse in Bradford-on-Avon raised over £1,000 for Hope Nature Centre.
The event was organised by Energy Management LLP and sold out with 80 guests enjoying a fun-filled evening.
Energy Management CEO Steve Retford said “Several members of staff visit the animal park and café at Hope Nature Centre and wanted to do something to support the charity. We were planning a staff social night and thought it would be great to combine this with a fundraising event. My team really outdid themselves with organising such a fantastic night and engaging with so many local companies who gave raffle and auction prizes to help us to reach such an amazing figure of over £1,000.”
Hope Nature Centre will be using the funds to finish work on the community bus, which is due to be in use from January and will have a huge impact on local schools and community groups with a wide programme of events and activities planned for 2019.
For more information on the Hope Nature Centre and their charitable work, click HERE.
Young star racing ahead thanks to sponsorship deal
Motorbike racing prodigy Jay Able takes after his name when it comes to hurtling around race tracks at high speeds.
The 12-year-old from Westbury in Wiltshire is one of the fastest in his age group on two wheels, having swept all before him in a fantastic start to the season despite a step up in grade.
Riding his Aprilia RS125 bike – capable of speeds of up to 100mph, Jay claimed a hat-trick of trophies at the recent Anglesey meeting of the NG (North Gloucestershire) Road Racing Series and is also top of the Formula 125 EMRA (East Midlands Racing Association) Championship after winning both the opening rounds.
Last season Jay finished fourth in the British Mini GP70 class and reached the final stages of the inaugural British Talent Cup – a stepping stone for young British riders to make it in MotoGP – despite competing against lads up to four years older than himself.
Supported by Bradford-on-Avon company Energy Management and other sponsors, Jay’s schedule is set to become even busier when he turns 13 in July and becomes eligible to compete in the Junior SuperSport 300 Series.
Apprentice takes charity dive
Jumping 10,000 feet out of a plane is not most people’s idea of a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
However, for Energy Management apprentice Lewis Payne and his girlfriend Trudie Dawson the sky-dive was worth every moment of anxiety.
Between them, the daring duo helped raise nearly £700 towards the Wessex Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, a charity close to Trudie’s heart as her mother has MS.
“The centre helps Trudie’s mum on a regular basis, providing support for both her and her family, and helping with therapies such as physio, an oxygen chamber, reflexology and counselling. We’ve raised the money in the hope it will help more people in the same situation,” said Lewis.
Lewis hasn’t ruled out a repeat jump in the future, either. “I surprised myself as I found it more fun than I did scary. I might be an adrenaline junkie after all!”
School partnership strengthens with festive gift
Fitzmaurice Primary School has today received a £1,000 donation from Energy Management to help towards the next phase of their Digital Leadership Programme, which started last year with the aim of safeguarding children online.
Energy Management founder Gary Weston, whose own children are former pupils of the school, handed over a cheque to Fitzmaurice headmistress, Tracey Dunn, together with art supplies and Santa sacks full of goodies for the winners of the annual design a Christmas card competition.
Last year’s champion designer, Idris, once again took the top prize worth £25 with Alba in second (both pictured) and Greta third. Idris’ colourful picture was used as the centrepiece of Energy Management’s Christmas e-card, delivered to clients up and down the country.
Spirit of Christmas wins local school £1,000 donation
Fitzmaurice Primary School in Bradford-on-Avon were celebrating today after one of their pupils won Energy Management’s annual competition to design the cover of the company’s Christmas e-card. Over 350 Primary schoolchildren from the Wiltshire town entered the competition and the judging panel, made up of Energy Management staff, were impressed by the high standard of artwork produced.
Idris (pictured left) won first place for his colourful depiction of Christmas, with fellow Fitzmaurice pupils, Megan and Daisy, chosen as runners-up. All three received Christmas goody bags from Energy Management owner Gary Weston, his wife Jacy and Energy Management Account Manager Emma Street.
“They were all excited to receive their prizes and it was wonderful to see their smiling faces,” said Emma.
“Our festive e-card will be going out to customers later this week adorned with Idris’ lovely work.”
As a reward for winning the competition, Energy Management will be sponsoring a school project focusing on internet safety, worth £1,000.
At Energy Management we’re doing our bit to help the government fulfil its pledge to plant 11 million trees by the year 2020.
Any Education Trust or standalone academy or school that signs a contract with Energy Management will receive trees, free of charge, to plant within their grounds as we all strive for a greener future.
In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2. produced when you drive 26,000 miles - that’s over twice the national average for an individual car user and more than a lifetime of school runs!
As we believe that energy education is fundamental to the future of the planet, one of our engineers will be happy to come into your school or academy to have a talk on energy-related issues and help pupils engage in the subject.
If you would like to know more about tree-bate whilst also finding out how we can help you reduce our energy consumption, please get in touch with us on 01225 867722.